Are you aware that something could be growing on your loofah? Read below to find out what, and how to fix it.
I bet most of you reading this post have a loofah hanging in the shower. My entire family uses a loofah rather than washrags. It is less laundry to do, right?! Loofahs are convenient and provide the lather that bar soap cannot. But how sanitary is it really?
Loofahs are great for exfoliating dead skin cells and can improve circulation. But your loofah may be harboring harmful bacteria.
“Bacterium is attracted to moisture and loves to grow in the nook and crannies of a loofah. Some of the bacteria might be something like P. aeruginosa (which has been linked to drug-resistant infections),” according to Dr. Stafford Broumand, plastic surgeon and associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.
If you nick your skin shaving, this could potentially open up a breeding ground for bacteria from your loofah. This cause many types of skin irritations and infections, boils and conjunctivitis, as well as yeast infections.
I experienced this first hand. I suffered from reoccurring yeast infections and could not figure out why. The answer was my loofah. I had not replaced my loofah in over six months. Why? Because it was perfect! It was stretched out and loose, just the way I like it. It made the best lather and was not stiff like new loofahs tend to be. But once I came to the realization that my loofah could have been causing the yeast infections, I tossed it. Not surprisingly, my yeast infections resolved.
So how do you prevent your loofah from being a ball of germs?
Let it dry completely in between usages
Do not hang to dry in the shower, but rather a cool dry place
You may soak it in a bleach solution to kill germs, but it may cause the loofah to deteriorate
Replace your loofah every 3 to 4 weeks
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